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Brown Upsets Top Seed Isner; Bryans Advance

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Brown© Aaron M. Sprecher/ROCCDustin Brown upset top seed John Isner in the Houston second round.

German Dustin Brown secured his first Top 10 win after outlasting top seed and defending champion John Isner in the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship second round on Wednesday.

The World No. 101 held his ground against the big-serving American, saving all nine break points he faced. Brown held two match points in the second set tie-break but failed to serve out the win. The 29 year old needed two hours and 19 minutes to claim the 6-4, 6-7(7), 7-6(4) victory over his opponent ranked No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. This was their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

"I got a little tight but you can’t practise those things," reflected Brown. "That’s just repetition of being in these situations, in matches against these guys. I’m really happy that this time I won it.”

Isner, who owns eight ATP World Tour titles, hoisted the Houston trophy in 2013 (d. Almagro) and finished runner-up in 2012 (l. to Monaco).

Awaiting Brown in the quarter-finals is American Sam Querrey, who knocked out former champion and No. 7 seed Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4 in earlier Wednesday action.

Querrey, a finalist in 2010 (l. to Chela), capitalised on four of his five break points to defeat the former World No. 1 for the second time in five FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings. Hewitt won the Houston title in 2009.

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Colombian Santiago Giraldo raced into the second round with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Australian Matthew Ebden in 57 minutes.

Bryans Reach SFs

Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan recorded their 15th consecutive ATP World Tour victory on Wednesday evening. The American twins defeated Australians Matthew Ebden and Samuel Groth 6-2, 3-6, 12-10 to secure their berth in the Houston semi-finals. The four-time champions (2007, ‘09-'11) picked up trophies at their last three events in Delray Beach, Indian Wells and Miami.

Another Aussie pair, Chris Guccione and Hewitt, advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Croatia's Marin Draganja and Gero Kretschmer of Germany.

David Marrero, who celebrated his 34th birthday Tuesday, teamed up with fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco for a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jonathan Erlich and Michal Mertinak in the first round. The No. 2 seeds, the reigning Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions, clinched the victory in 55 minutes.

Also on Wednesday, two other seeded tandems bowed out in their openers. Third seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky lost to India’s Purav Raja and Divij Sharan 7-5, 6-2, while fourth seeds Mate Pavic and John-Patrick Smith fell against Colombians Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Gonzalez 7-6(7), 6-4.

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